Showing posts with label Turkey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Turkey. Show all posts

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Barbeque Glazed Turkey Roast

This is such an easy and delicious recipe.  Í make this any time of the year but I've also made it for Thanksgiving before when I wasn't having enough people for a huge turkey.  It's one of those recipes that takes just a minute to throw together but tastes like you've been cooking for hours.   It is so simple to make. Just mix ingredients and dump over a turkey breast and pop in the oven. Done!


1 (3-4 lb.)boneless turkey roast, with skin, tied in a roll
1 C. firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 C. ketchup
3/4 C. water
1/4 C. oil
3 T. balsamic vinegar
3 T. soy sauce
1 small onion, diced


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place turkey breast in a roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer in center of meat, if desired. Combine sugar, ketchup, water, oil, vinegar, soy sauce, and onion; pour over turkey. Bake covered for 1 hour. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake uncovered for 30- 40 minutes or until done (temp on thermometer should reach 170 degrees).

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sweet n' Sour Meatballs

I got this recipe from my high school Home Ec. class. I loved that class. These meatballs have become a family staple over the years. We make this recipe all the time for family gatherings as well as for weeknight dinners. It is such a simple recipe and totally fool's proof. I made this for our Passover Seder this weekend. I just substituted out the bread crumbs for matzo meal.


1- 1.5 lb. pkg. ground beef or ground turkey
bread crumbs (Italian or plain)
2 eggs
salt and pepper

1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
2 cans of jellied cranberry sauce
garlic powder (to taste)
red pepper flakes or ground red pepper (to taste)
salt and pepper (to taste)


Combine meat with bread crumbs, eggs and salt and pepper. Roll into balls.
Combine sauces simmer over medium heat. Add spices to taste. Drop raw meatballs into simmering sauce. Cook covered for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Asian Meatballs

I adapted this recipe from a recipe my sister Karen gave me for Sesame Soy Meatballs.  I didn't have all the right ingredients, so I made my own version of what I'm calling Asian Meatballs.  They came out really yummy and my kids loved them.  I served them with orzo and string beans. 


2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil


Mix together first 6 ingredients until combined.  Add ground turkey meat and mix gently with soy mixture.  Mix in panko bread crumbs until combined. (I added panko to help bind the meatball mixture because turkey meat tends to be loose, if you use ground beef you can omit the bread crumbs). Wet hands and form into balls.  Heat a 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet and cook meatballs until browned on both sides.  Place meatballs on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 -15 minutes to finish cooking.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Healthy Cheeseburger Mac

I got this recipe from Hungry Girl. It's definitely a smart way to make mac n cheese and very easy. I couldn't find plain cauliflower in cheese sauce so I used a broccoli cauliflower combination. I ate a huge bowl of it which I guess missed the point of eating healthy but, whatever!! LOL

1 1/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (high fiber is best)
10 oz. raw lean ground turkey
2 tbsp. ketchup
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
24 oz. (about 6 cups) frozen cauliflower and low-fat cheese sauce (like the kind by Green Giant)
3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
salt and black pepper to taste


In a large pot, prepare pasta very al dente, cooking for about half of the time indicated on the package. Drain well and set aside. In a bowl, combine turkey, ketchup, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add frozen cauliflower and cheese sauce and gently mix. Transfer mixture to a crock pot.

Add cooked pasta to the crock pot and gently stir. Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until the turkey is fully cooked.

Add cheese wedges and stir until evenly distributed.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oat Bran Meatloaf

Another way to get oat bran in your diet and it's DELICIOUS!  This meatloaf still has tons of flavor with the added addition of oat bran which give its a little bit of a nutty flavor.  Much healthier than using breadcrumbs.  Even the baby loved it!


1 lb meatloaf mix (or ground turkey)
2 eggs
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup of ketchup (no sugar, organic)
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/2 tablespoon seasoned salt
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 cup of oat bran


Mix all ingredients until combined and shape into a loaf. Bake for 1 hr at 350 degrees until brown on top and bottom.  Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Chicken & Spinach Meatballs Arrabbiata

I have been trying to eat less carbs and fat. These meatballs are virtually carb free. But the little bit of carbohydrate is in the form of oat bran which is a very healthy grain and is said to help in weight loss. I love spicy marinara sauce so I was happy to find a jarred Arrabbiata sauce in the grocery store that was very low in sugar (only 3 grams per serving). The key is to use a lot of spices to add flavor. I went heavy on the garlic powder. The meatballs are really delicious and the look pretty with the bright green spinach laced throughout. You can substitute, beef or turkey ground meat for the chicken


1 jar of arribbiata sauce (I used Bella Familiga)
1 lb. ground chicken (you can use beef or turkey too)
1/3 cup of organic oat bran
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained


Simmer sauce over medium heat. Mix the rest of the ingredients together. Roll into balls and drop into simmering sauce. Cook in sauce for approximately 30 minutes.

*note....The meatball mixture will be very soft. Roll carefully and drop into sauce trying not to touch the other meatballs. If you can't fit them all in at once, wait about 10 minutes for the meatballs to firm up and then you will be able to move them around to make room for more meatballs to drop in.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs

These meatballs are no joke. We grew up on this particular meatball recipe and we all still use it today (well, not Susan since she now has a kosher home). My mom never stuffed the meatballs with cheese so this was a little twist on the original. I served it recently at a Sunday dinner and everyone loved them. I think it is a must try.


1 lb. ground beef
1 C. seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 C. parmesan cheese
1 T. parsley
1 clove garlic
1/2 C. milk
2 eggs
salt and pepper
mozzarella cheese cut into small chunks


Combine all ingredients. Roll into balls and one at a time, flatten ball in your hand. Place a piece of cheese in center of flattened ball. Form ball around cheese and roll tight. Place in a baking dish and brown in the oven for approximately 45 minutes (cook times will vary depending on the size of your meatballs. I made very large meatballs). Remove from oven when cooked through and add to marinara sauce.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jamaican Turkey Patties

Nanci and I were together the other afternoon and decided to tackle these delicious patties.  They are commonly made with beef, not turkey but as usual we wanted to try to make it a bit healthier but still taste delicious.  I think they came out really good.  Next time we will actually make the dough from scratch instead of using pre-made dough.



2 tablespoons of margarine
1 onion chopped
1 lb of ground turkey
2 teaspoons of curry powder
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup of chicken broth
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
2 ready made pie dough
1 beaten egg mixed with 1 teaspoon of curry powder or tumeric for color


Melt margarine in a skillet over medium heat.
Saute onion until soft and translucent.
Stir in ground turkey.
Season with curry powder, thyme, salt, and pepper.
Cook until turkey is evenly brown, stirring constantly.
Stir in chicken broth and bread crumbs.
Simmer until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.
Set aside to cool a bit


Roll out pie dough and cut 6" circles using a glass bowl or a circle cutter.  Spoon equal amounts of filling into each pastry circle.  Fold over and press edges together, making a half circle.
Use a fork to press edges, and brush the top of each patty with beaten egg mixed with a little curry powder or tumeric for color.  Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cheesy Italian Meatloaf

My husband wanted meatloaf for dinner but I wanted to have something different.  I settled on making a different type of meatloaf and it was really delicious.  This is my Italian interpretation of our family meatloaf.


1 lb meatloaf mix (or ground beef)
1 egg
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup italian flavored bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded asiago cheese
2 tablespoons italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup pasta sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix all the ingredient until combined (do not over mix).  Shape meat mixture with your hands into a loaf and place in a loaf pan.  Spread pasta sauce over the top of the meatloaf and bake for 45 - 1 hr.  Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Black and White Bean Turkey Chili

I never get tired of chili. My favorite is turkey chili with beans. I used black and white beans in this recipe and it is delicious. I love adding the surprise ingredients of cinnamon and apple cider vinegar in my chili. It gives the chili it a great depth of flavor but you would never realize what exactly makes it so good. Ellen has used red wine vinegar and it comes out great that way too. I love serving it with homemade corn bread crumbled over the top.


2 tablespoons of oil
1/2 onion diced
1 tablespoon of garlic minced
1 lb of ground turkey
1 can of black beans undrained (15 oz)
1 can of white beans undrained (15 oz)
1 can of crushed/diced tomatoes (28 oz)
1 can of tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of dried basil
2 tablespoons of red wine or apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon


Saute onions and garlic in oil in stock pot, once translucent add turkey meat and brown, add both cans of beans w/liquid, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste. Combine. Add all seasonings and cook simmer over low heat for at least 60 minutes. Serve with crumbled corn bread over the top.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sloppy Joes

This is a recipe I found on my new favorite cooking website The original recipe called for ground beef but I almost always substitute ground turkey or chicken to make it healthier. I also served it with crispy kale and sweet potato fries. I will post those recipes soon as well. Everyone thought it was a hit!

Ingredients :

2 T canola oil
2 lbs. ground turkey
1 onion chopped
2 carrots peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 bell pepper chopped
1 T minced garlic
1 C brown sugar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground cloves


Saute turkey, vegetables and garlic in canola oil over medium heat until browned, drain off any fat. Add remaining ingredients and mix well . Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Simmer for about 30 minutes and serve over whole wheat hamburger rolls.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Healthy Taco Lasagna

I am a big fan of the one dish dinner. I hate having a hundred pots and pans to clean. I like fast dinners during the week because I don't have a lot of time to cook since I work late three nights a week. I am constantly on the search a good casserole recipe. Unfortunately, they are always so fattening. I decided to make up a healthier version of a rich recipe and it came out awesome.


6 whole wheat flour tortillas
1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 packet of taco seasoning mix
1/4 cup water
1 can of enchilada sauce
2 plum tomatoes chopped
1 cup of frozen corn
1 8oz package of shredded low fat cheese cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)


Brown turkey meat (drain fat if needed) add 1/2 of the taco seasoning packet and 1/4 cup of water. Add corn and chopped tomatoes. Cook through. In a 9x13 casserole dish pour a thin layer of enchilada sauce on the bottom. Cover sauce layer with two tortillas. Add 1/2 the meat mixture, 1/3 of the cheese and another thin layer of sauce. Top with two more tortillas and repeat. After placing the last two tortillas on top, pour sauce to cover (you might not need the entire rest of the can). Place in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Then top with the remaining cheese and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mom's Meatloaf

Tonight's Dinner 1/13/11

This is the meatloaf we grew up on as kids.  I love this recipe, it's easy and delicious.  It also makes great sandwiches for the next day.


1 lb of ground beef
1 package of onion soup mix
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
3/4 cup ketchup


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix ground beef, onion soup mix, egg, bread crumbs and 1/2 cup ketchup together until combined (do not over mix).  Form into a loaf and put into a ungreased loaf pan.  Spread remaining 1/4 cup of ketchup on top of meatloaf(optional).  Bake for 45 min - 1 hr.  Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bistro Style Pasta Napolitano

Tonight's Dinner 1/3/11

Super easy one pot dinner that tastes sooooo much better than you would think.  Something about having the pasta cook in the sauce makes this dish.  Really yummy, reheats perfectly so great for left overs and your whole family will love it.

*note: you can make this dish with ground turkey and whole wheat pasta and its still totally delicious.


4-5 T. vegetable oil
2 lbs of ground beef or turkey
1 large onion chopped
16 ounces of pasta (penne, fussili, rigatoni)
1 jar of pasta sauce
2 cups of water
garlic powder


Saute' onion in vegetable oil, add beef and cook until browned. Stir in pasta, sauce, water, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Cook over low to medium heat for 30-40 minutes until pasta is cooked.

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